Ayatana-like notifications for Plasma

Tom M. Shaw firephoto at gmail.com
Tue Sep 1 18:09:30 BST 2009

On Tuesday 01 September 2009 02:20:05 am Aurélien Gâteau wrote:
> - Passive notifications (aka notifications without actions) would appear 
> in the top-right corner, and would be queued: if three notifications 
> come at the same time, they would be displayed one after the other to 
> reduce spamming.  These notifications would be using the Plasma tooltip 
> background so that they are well integrated in the desktop, while 
> looking "lighter" than the regular notifications.  The notifications 
> would smoothly fade in on start and fade out when done.  They would also 
> fade out when moving the mouse over them.
> - Active notifications (aka notification with actions) would remain as 
> they are: stacked on top of the system tray applet.
> - This feature would be disabled by default, users would have to opt-in 
> to give it a try.  This opt-in would be part of what we called the 
> "Ayatana session".

This top right location just seems out of place on a KDE desktop. Passive 
system notifications have always appeared at the location of the system tray 
along with most other notifications and I think KDE users expect this 
behavior. I also don't see the point of separating (physically) one type of 
notification from other types but I suspect this isn't really the point but 
more of an issue that the 'top right' is the default location of the GNOME 
system tray.

Overall this just seems to be adding an extra layer on top of already capable 
and working layer that exists for giving the user notifications of various 
types and allowing it in even as an option just takes away from an already 
existing solution that works very well. A lot of people choose KDE because it 
it is what it is and not because it's trying hard to look or be like something 

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